This whimsical black comedy became a cult favorite, tapping into some inexplicable early 1970s zeitgeist. Harold is a rich teenager obsessed with slashed wrists, self-inflicted gunshot wounds, personal vivisection, drowning, hanging, and being burned alive--just to annoy his mother. Maude is a poor 79-year-old optimist who has a peerless affinity for all things living. Together they attend strangers' wakes and find in each other a most unlikely romantic partner.
Theatrical release: December 20, 1971
HAROLD AND MAUDE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.
Ruth Gordon's first movie appearance was in CAMILLE, in 1915.
Colin Higgins's script was inspired by the thesis he wrote for UCLA's graduate screenwriting program.
"...An acquired taste, but connoisseurs will discover a supremely endearing love story..." - 05/23/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.28